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Partnerships have played a key role in 2015 allowing us to share interesting art forms and create collaborative opportunities
for the community. Touring shows this year were the delightful Sticks and Stones and the all b-boy dance show CYPHER,
Opera Australia, Dave Crowe, Moira Finucane’s Caravan Burlesque, the amazing Djuki Mala and the Melbourne City
Ballet. The NDIA were Major Supporters of our Desert Harmony Festival that was a huge success and an exciting 5 days
for the community. Golden moments for me were Dion Beasley leading the ‘Cheeky Dog Cycle Tour’ and Jameson Casson
getting the crowd up dancing with the beautiful AIM gospel choir.
The team had a great year of professional development, travelling across Australia to soak up new skills to bring back to the
team and we also were key presenters at a number of national conferences this year. BRA were the arts partners for the
National Rural Health Conference in Darwin, in which we wowed the 1000+ participants with our pop up market, the
voices of Rayella and a keynote presentation in the main auditorium.
It has been another year of recognition with BRA cleaning up a number of fantastic awards for the incredible work the
team does. The year began with an Australia Day award and has finished with a national radio award.
The BRA team is an exciting, dynamic and passionate bunch of people that I love dearly. This year we said goodbye to
Lincoln, Jessica and Peta and have welcomed our French friend Georges Bureas, Elaine Sandy, Shirley Peterson and
Rebecca Goddard to the team. One more person who is leaving us this year is James Winwood, our WMC Music Manager.
James has been an integral member of the team, leading WMC to new heights and delivering exceptional work and
building up a strong network within the Australian music industry. It is with great thanks to James for the national
opportunities Rayella have had for the past few years and bringing together the WMC team who’s commitment to
delivering community event support and teaching music to young people is inspiring. James will still be joining us on
projects throughout 2016 and we wish him all the best in his adventures. Thanks for a great few years!
To the whole team at BRA, thank you for your hard work and dedication in 2016. You have each inspired and created a
positive impact on the community and that is something to be very proud of. Together we make our community exciting
and in partnership with organisations in the region we build a stronger Barkly. Thank you to the Barkly community for
sharing your art and supporting our work. The BRA team wish you all a safe and happy Christmas!
BRA will be closed for
19th Dec- 24th Jan
Happy Xmas! Be safe
Grants awaiting announcement
‘Barkly Breeze Flying Trapeze’
1. Tourism NT
‘Greenie Beanies’ TVC
2. CBF radio grant
Grants in submission
Aus Co- 4 yr funding
Aus Co.-Project Funding
‘Art School In Residence’
WHAT’S UP WINANJJIKARI
Not only did Rayella perform but Raymond and Eleanor both spoke on an information panel during
the conference. Their panel was put together by Bush Bands Bash and MusicNT to highlight some of
the great music being supported in remote parts of Central Australia. Winanjjikari Manager, James
Winwood accompanied Rayella on this trip and also spoke on a panel with APRA AMCOS and
Creative Victoria regarding the Song Cycles project which saw Indigenous Musicians from Victoria
visiting us here in Tennant Creek during the Desert Harmony Festival in 2015. All in all a very
productive and amazing week in Melbourne from which hopefully a number of opportunities will
November was another big month for Winanjjikari Music Centre, Rayella were invited to Melbourne to showcase at the Australasian
World Music Expo (AWME) in Melbourne. Their performance supporting the legendary Kutcha Edwards at the Shebeen venue was
praised as one of the highlights of the event. Showing no nerves Eleanor captivated the packed venue full of music industry delegates
from around the world with a great performance and spoke with poise in between songs telling stories of their homelife in Marlinja
and explaining the meaning behind her lyrics and language. Eleanor and her Dad Ray finished their set with their emotional ballad “I’ll
Be Loving You” and were given a standing ovation by an audience that cheered and applauded for many minutes, complete with tears
streaming down their cheeks!.
Dirk accompanied their students in a loud and exciting performance which saw them perform a
selection of percussion pieces that they have been teaching and working on for over 8 weeks as part of
their weekly percussion skills workshops. Reggie O’Riley was also busy this month filming a selection
of snapshots of his daily life as part of a video project being put together by the CommBanks
‘Australian of the Day’ initiative. This project promises to be an exciting one as the film is being
directed in Sydney by acclaimed Australian Director, Gillian Armstrong (Little Woman, Oscar and
Lucinda). If all goes well we expect to see Reggie on a red carpet in Hollywood sometime soon!
Back in Tennant Creek, Dirk
Dickenson and Reggie O’Riley
finished up their ongoing
percussion workshops at the
Tennant Creek Primary school with
a final performance at the annual
TC Primary Christmas concert.
WMC Musicians also put on a great show last week at the local Tennant Creek Hotel Faye Lewis Bar and continue to work on a number of recordings and songwriting
in the WMC Studios. With only a few weeks left now of 2015 its a great time to reflect on whats been a huge year for Winanjjikari Music Centre and Barkly Regional
Arts. A big thankyou to the community of Tennant Creek for supporting our artists and our events. Here’s hoping for a bright future and that the sounds of our Barkly
born and bred musicians will continue to drift across this town for many years to come.
Rayella at AWME
WMC teaching music at TC Primary
WINNER! Aunty Rosemary Plummer and Kathy Burns have won a National award. The Community
Broadcasting Association of Australia held their national awards night in Terrigal on the 14th November, in
which 8CCC radio and CAAMA radio Alice Springs attended. Rosemary and Kathy took out the big award
for ‘BEST NEW RADIO SHOW-Talk’ for their wonderful children’s Warumungu language show. “This is a
huge deal to be not only thought of in this category but to win is incredible. It is a real testament of our work
and innovation and I can’t be more proud” said Kathy Burns.
Listen to all epsiodes at www.barklyarts.com.au
Series 2 is coming soon!
The aim of the show is to make learning language
fun and simple. The show also features a mascot, called
Pinangkarl who is a White Cock-a-too that helps the
children say the language words.
Rayella are performing at
the Alice Springs Xmas
Carnival Friday 4th
Media Mob employee, Sean Bahr-Kelly has made the transition from screen to
stage this week after scoring a leading acting role. Sean responded to an audition
call out by sending off a filmed audition he did himself in the media room. The
casting agency loved it and cast him immediately. The production, titled ‘We
Three’, is a work in progress being produced by Artback NT. Sean and two other
actors worked the script all week before doing a performance at the Darwin
Entertainment Centre last Friday. Sean was told he had a great natural presence
NT Disability Service Award
Barkly Regional Arts were proud winners again when Artistic Director, Kathy Burns
accepted the NT Disability Service Award- Excellence in Promoting Community
Awareness. The award was in recognition for this years Desert Harmony Festival that
promoted excellent awareness about disability and showcased people’s wonderful
abilities. Kathy said, “it was a beautiful evening seeing all these incredible people
being recognised for the work they do and for our arts sector to be included is a true
credit to our hard working team and showing how the arts adds value to so many
Do you support the work we do?
Please become a member!
In 2016 we will be hosting special
members nights for you to
enjoy intimate evenings of art and
Contact us on 8962 2799
8CCC Radio has been successful in receiving another Community Broadcasting Foundation grant to produce 26 hours
of ‘Pinarra Aku’ and ‘What’s Up Winanjjikari’ in 2016 at Tennant Creek. This grant takes ‘Pinarra Aku’ into it’s third
series and ‘What’s Up Winanjjikari into it’s 2nd series. WMC had a great time on the road this year interviewing
musicians in our remote Barkly communities and giving them airtime by playing music WMC recorded with them on
It’s been a fantastic year of community radio in Tennant Creek with more than 8 new programs created by locals going to
air and the continuation of programs since 2014. In 2015 Tennant Creek received an outside broadcasting kit, so we can go
to air live from any event in Tennant Creek and we tested it out this year at the Desert Harmony Festival, Peko Park
Platform. The broadcast was hosted by Ktima Heathcote and Stuart Liddell and interviewed a number of artists who spoke
about their connection to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
In 2016, we will host another membership drive and training sessions for anyone who is interested in radio.
Flashback to BRA Xmas 2014
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